As part of the South African government’s efforts to promote green infrastructure initiatives and renewable energy, President Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced that Lanseria in the North-west of Johannesburg, will have a new smart-city which will be home to 500,000 people.
In his speech on the State of the Nation Address (SONA) to the joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces in parliament, President Ramaphosa, said a new smart-city has been planned for Lanseria in Johannesburg.
“Last year, I asked the nation to join me in imagining a new smart-city, a truly post-apartheid city that would rise to change the social and economic apartheid spatial architecture,” he said.
Ramaphosa explained that a new smart-city is taking shape in Lanseria, which 350,000 to 500,000 people will call home within the next decade.
The President said the process to build a new smart-city is being led by the Investment and Infrastructure Office in the Presidency alongside the provincial governments of Gauteng and North West, working together with the cities of Johannesburg, Tshwane and Madibeng.
“We are working with development finance institutions as we have put together an innovative process that will fund the bulk sewerage, electricity, water, digital infrastructure and roads that will be the foundation of the new city,” he said.
Ramaphosa added that the new city will not only be smart and 5G ready, but will be a leading benchmark for green infrastructure continental and internationally.